There’s a great buzz around the attractions of Bermondsey street, but what impresses us is the brilliant entertainment the street offers families. Here’s our Bermondsey Street Family time check-list.
1. Tin Lid: For the most stylish kids and parents
The range of clothes go from newborn up to 10 years, and sometimes lucky mums too! The cosy shop nestled in a corner of Bermondsey street retails wooden toys from Le Toy Vans, bags from Germany based Haenska and much more from all over Europe. Tin Lid redefines its collection with accessories crafted within the community too. You may also find those Veja trainers so beloved by Meghan Markle! You know your first stop.
2. Franco Manca: Brick oven pizza with sourdough crust
This homegrown London brand knows what makes a good pizza, and it’s speedy and affordable too…. possibly the perfect family meal. They serve local beers, homemade lemonade (as delicious as it sounds) and the building is a historical gem. You can dine under the antique coloured glass cupola if you time it right. A special kids menu is the icing on the cake.
3. Fascinating to watch: Glass Blowing
London Glassblowing at Bermondsey Street is a beautiful blend of craftsmanship, art and an unforgettable experience. While Glassblowing may not sound as the ideal activity with children around, this gallery invites everyone to watch the magic happen (for free). The warm staff even provide chairs for spectators. The finished pieces for sale in the exhibition shop just stunning. You can also book a beginner workshop and try your own hand at it. The fascinating gallery is open 6 days a week, give them a call though!
4. Tanner Park Play Area
The junction of Tanner and Bermondsey Street sits a lush neighbourhood park with play areas for kids of various ages. You can admire the changing skies reflected in the Shard while they run around. Grab an Earl Grey and a croissant from Pique Nique (an adorable French restaurant tucked away in the park). There are tennis courts you can book and plenty of space to picnic in summer. The garden park is a big draw for local dogs, offering ample opportunities for your pup to get to know some four-legged locals.
5. Unicorn Theatre
Just around the corner on Tooley Street is the Unicorn Theatre, one of the UK’s best children’s theatres. If you have a toddler to entertain or a young adult to distract, the award-winning theatre has activities planned around the year for everyone. Ticket prices start from £8 only. Find out more here.
6. St. Mary Magdalen Church
The moment you step out of South Point Suites you’ll see its striking, gothic facade. While the church has architecture and history to intrigue adults, their vast churchyard is a great place to send the kids on missions. Who can find the oldest grave? Call us macabre, but it’s a well-preserved park that combines history and local lore, particularly the mysterious epitaph of Susanna Wood. We’ll say no more, go and see for yourself! The church is open for visits on Fridays from 11 am to 2 pm (subject to volunteer availability) and for mass on Sundays from 10:30 am onwards.
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